Wolf Fire Fully Contained

RMG Wolf Fire
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A fire possibly ignited by target shooting about four miles south of Banning that has burned 75 acres was fully contained Saturday.

The non-injury Wolf Fire was reported at 5:08 p.m. Thursday in the area of Wolfskill Truck Road and Silver Creek Drive, just west of Poppet Flats and the western boundary of the San Bernardino National Forest, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Within 90 minutes, the blaze had burned 50 acres, the fire department reported.

Evacuation warnings were issued Friday for South Highland Springs, south of Interstate 10 and west of South Highland Home Road, including the Sun Lakes and Four Seasons communities, but have since been lifted.

Because of the inhospitable terrain, crews encountered difficulties reaching the location, and a Cal Fire air tanker was initially alone in trying to contain the wind-driven brush fire.

More than 140 firefighters from Riverside County, the Bureau of Land Management and San Bernardino National Forest and four air tankers worked to contain the fire.

Witnesses reported several men target shooting in the area at the time and racing away in a dark-colored pickup truck when the flames started, officials said.

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